The lyrics from one of my favorite Mississippi Mass Choir songs, entitled “It Remains to Be Seen,” say, “The safest place in the whole wide world is in the will of God. Trials come great and small just stay in the will of God. Come what may from day to day keep the faith and be still. It remains to be seen what God can do for the one who submits to His will.”
These lyrics remind us of the potential to spiritually prosper by simply doing God’s will. But simply doing His will is not always that simple.
God’s will could be defined as His intent or desire for the way we live our lives. Living day-to-day in our society presents many challenges and various opportunities to travel down the wrong path.
I recently celebrated my 38th birthday, and sometimes I refer to myself as a “young man.” I don’t do it to brag or boast, but to encourage myself to use my youthfulness as a tool to lead an impactful life while doing God’s will. The Bible, in Psalms 34:19, says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
With every door that closes, with every word of gossip concerning you, with every challenge of your character, you can have confidence in knowing that God will always have your back.
The choices we make within God’s will strengthen our personal relationships with our heavenly father. Knowing that we have been given the power to change the atmosphere around us gives us purpose to serve God with zeal. For the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of serving this community as the president of the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County and enjoyed watching the growth of spiritual leaders come together for a common purpose. Pastors and leaders are laying aside their differences and uniting to serve the greater good. Food, clothing, shelter and other needs of this community are weighing heavily in their prayers. The zeal to do God’s will must be our first priority.
As human beings, we have a remarkable and sad capacity for getting tired of doing wonderful things. Paul speaks to us in Galatians 6:9 and says, “… let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
There is a reward for doing God’s will, and I encourage you to be inspired with intense enthusiasm to do the work of God and fight a good fight knowing that your season of blessing is on the way.
Hayes is the pastor of New Day Outreach Ministry and president of the United Ministerial Alliance.